How to grow Parodia plant

Parodia plant grow and care – cactus of the genus Parodia also known as Ball cactus, Parodia plant perennial plant and used as ornamental stems and flowers drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-12, possible to grow with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 10a (especially for seedling)

Stem color green (and rarely yellow) the shape is oval, the spines cover the entire stem angles white or yellow color.

Parodia plant flowers

Flower color light yellow, pink, orange, purple or red, the flower bloom on top of cactus in bowl shape.

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How to grow Parodia plant – growing and care:

More than -5C (23F), dry soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction

How to propagate:
Daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, take a plastic spatula or something harder depend the soil and uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream (but let it dry after)

Cutting – better to take all the cactus and cut it for pieces or else it’s just looks cut in the middle, cut with sterile knife after this let the cut part to stay on the shade to heal it’s might take few weeks and even months, put it on the soil with support (stick or something that won’t fall) cover lightly and lightly from the side and water it small amount of water.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier start to grow from daughter plants, it’s faster and the ratio of success is high

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Doesn’t like too much water, might be problem in the rainy season

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12

How to plant:
Main problem it’s the spines get into the skin and it’s hard to get next to cactus, need to relocate the cactus with papers cover enough that the spines won’t get to your hands, to put the soil need to use spoon or small shovel to push and tighten the soil, also possible to do it by hand but don’t squeeze.

Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs, fungus colletotrichum

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Usually there is nothing to prune, mostly for pruning is old stems that can’t hold and will fall, in big species above 50cm (20 inches) might be dangerous for the plants next to it or people that stand next to it, need to cut the rotten part before effect on all the plant and if the plant is rotten need to cut all the plant and let the daughter plant to grow instead.

Size of the plant:
5cm-1m, 2-40 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, better let it dry between watering

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, container or clay pot that will be bigger 20-50% than the plant (not need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, after few years when the roots fill the container or the soil lose viability, need to switch the soil

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring to summer

General information about the flower
Yellow, pink, orange, purple or red flowers, the flower bloom on top of cactus in bowl shape

Scientific name:


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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Red flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Cactus
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12